The Amateur League: Crystal Ball Gameweek 4 Division 1
The usual suspects, Horizons and Parikrma, are at the top of the table while Bengal also have a perfect record. If Supernova and Gremio are to make a move, now is the time, while questions of Samba’s consistency still persist. GW 4 takes place at FSV Arena on November 27.
9:30 AM – Flipkart FC v Yataghan Internazionale
The opening match of GW 4 has Flipkart pitted against Yataghan. Flipkart are yet to pick up a win and need to do so soon if they don’t want to be fighting a relegation battle, come the end of the season. Yataghan have been their usual selves, winning tough matches and faltering in games they should be winning. This one is tough to call and the result might be decided by who shows up in the starting 11; a draw looks like a good bet.
Players to watch: Abhay Raj (Flipkart FC), Kartik Singh (Yataghan Internazionale)
Crystal Ball: Flipkart FC (1) – (1) Yataghan Internazionale
12:30 PM – FC Kougen Kikou v Mavericks FC
Next up, FCKK take on Mavericks in what looks to be an evenly matched contest. Kougen Kikou picked up their first points last weekend and will be looking to build on that win. Mavericks are a much improved squad from last season but still need to find some attacking flair if they are going to score more goals. We expect this match to be a tight one, with goals aplenty, but the team who are cautious in their approach might nick this game.
Players to watch: Yasuhiro Nishino (FC Kougen Kikou), Danush M (Mavericks FC)
Crystal Ball: FC Kougen Kikou (3) – (3) Mavericks FC
2:00 PM – Supernova FC v Samba FC
The 2 PM kickoff has Supernova taking on Samba in a battle of attack versus defence. Supernova bounced back well last game to pick up a win over Mavericks although their first half performance put to question their title credentials. Samba, on the other hand, have been strong defensively, something that has become a trademark of theirs, but they couldn’t get on the scoresheet last time around against Bengal. We expect Supernova to win but don’t expect too many goals in this one.
Players to watch: Gopan S (Supernova FC), Jitesh Shetty (Samba FC)
Crystal Ball: Supernova FC (1) – (0) Samba FC
3:30 PM – Parikrma FC v Project 7
Next up, Parikrma go head-to-head against Project 7. Parikrma came away with all three points last time around against RDFC in a close game but moments like those determine winners and they seem to be on their way for another title challenge. Project 7 have played considerably well over the last few games but points have been hard to come by for them. But given the effort that they have put in, it’s only a matter of time before they pick up their first win.
Players to watch: Ravi Babu (Parikrma FC), Solomon Alva (Project 7)
Crystal Ball: Parikrma FC (2) – (1) Project 7
5:00 PM – FC Bengal v Gremio FC
The 5 PM kickoff has Gremio taking on Bengal. Bengal have picked up 3 wins in 3 games and look set to take the top division by storm but tricky games like this one against Gremio might determine their campaign. Gremio won a tough game against Flipkart last week and will be expected to push on. But Bengal are no pushovers and they will need their strongest squad to overcome this hurdle. A goal fest looks to be on the cards.
Players to watch: Arjun Sehgal (FC Bengal), Gokul G (Gremio FC)
Crystal Ball: FC Bengal (3) – (3) Gremio FC
6:30 PM – Rare Dare FC v Horizons FC
The game of the day has Rare Dare FC taking on Horizons FC. RDFC were unlucky to come away with nothing in their previous encounter against Parikrma and will be looking to set things right, especially with their main player Steven Harold coming back from suspension. Horizons have been rampant in their first three games and look favourites for the title at this point in the season, but a slip up here might put them off-course.
Players to watch: Arjun Adiga (Rare Dare FC), AD Kumar (Horizons FC)
Crystal Ball: Rare Dare FC (1) –(2) Horizons FC